The National Arboretum Canberra is home to over 90 forests of rare, endangered and symbolic trees from Australia and around the world. More than 35,000 trees have been planted on the 250 hectare (618 acres) site, with species from over 100 countries represented.
Located just six kilometres from the centre of Canberra, the Arboretum offers panoramic views over Canberra, Lake Burley Griffin and the mountains beyond.
Enjoy a free guided walk with one of our friendly and knowledgeable volunteers from the Friends of the Arboretum, or take a self-guided walk, meandering through the forests. At the Village Centre, relax and refresh at Sprout Café or The Conservatory Restaurant, browse for gifts in the Arboretum shop and discover the stories of the forests from the information displays.
The Arboretum offers group and school tours and activities, as well as a public program of events, talks and courses.
Paid parking is available at the Village Centre, with all proceeds going towards projects at the Arboretum. The main carpark at the Village Centre includes 5 Disability parking bays, a set-down and pick up zone and allocated bus parking. Parking is free for vehicles displaying a Disability Parking permit. Parking fees: $2 an hour, maximum $7 for the day.
Temporary bicycle racks are available at the top of the main car park and at Dairy Farmers Hill. Riders must provide their own locks and chains.
A bus service to the Arboretum is expected to operate by 2014. There is a taxi pickup and drop off zone at the Arboretum.
Visiting the National Arboretum Canberra is generally an outdoor experience, so if you plan to go for a walk, please wear clothes and shoes suitable for uneven ground. Please wear appropriate sun and weather protection and bring water, particularly during the hot summer months. Brown snakes have been sighted at the Arboretum so please aware at all times.
Dogs on leads are permitted in the Arboretum during normal opening hours. Dogs are not allowed in buildings, other than assistance animals. Dog owners are expected to carry bags to clean up after their dogs. No disposal bins or bag dispensers are provided; consistent with the policy across Canberra's urban parks and open space areas.
The Bicentennial National Equestrian Trail passes through the Arboretum and horse riding is permitted on designated trails. Horses must not be tied or corralled in forests where horses could damage young trees.
Entry to the Village Centre is free. For more information on fees and charges visit the Fees and Charges page.